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International Development and Inclusive Innovation

Decades of top-down aid and development policies have failed to address global inequity and grinding poverty for billions of world citizens. Our international development research is pioneering a different approach which we call ‘inclusive innovation’.

We are involving poor and marginalised people in developing their own solutions, and working with them to bring about a fairer and sustainable world.

Our research in this field reflects the OU’s commitment to educational opportunity and social justice.

Research specialisms

Health, Innovation and Equity

Innovation profoundly affects health systems and access to care, but research on innovation and health equity needs proper integration.

Infrastructures for Inclusion

Infrastructure demands are key to inclusive development so that exclusion is avoided.

Agri-food, Bio-energy & Green-tech

Solutions are not simply about the 'best' technology – tensions may exist between agri-food, bio-energy and green-tech policies.

Theorising Capabilities & Innovation

Human well-being is about more than income. It's about opportunities, what people can be and do – and how innovation affects this.

Finance, Innovation and Equity

Innovation is the fundamental engine of growth, employment and quality of life, but its advantages are unevenly distributed.

Education for Inclusive Development

Education is key to the SDGs, but transformation both at system level and within sites of learning is crucial if they are to be met.

Migration & Forced Displacement

Migration and forced displacement are among the most pressing global challenges of our times.

Supply chains and consumer behaviour

Identification of global commodity supply chains with the potential to reduce producer poverty, and mobilising consumer support is crucial in order to support future populations.

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News & articles

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OU research informs new report on Culture in an Age of Uncertainty

A new report into the benefits of international cultural engagement published this month (22 November) draws on rigorous, independent research conducted by the OU, led by Marie Gillespie, Professor of Sociology, and The Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

22nd November 2018
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